The Neurobiology of Love (online)

Bay Area Humanists
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Love is a universal experience found in all human cultures. Across the entirety of human culture, our single greatest commonality is the brain. What happens in the brains of people in love? In this talk, Dr. Sarah Strand will discuss the three basic types of love (Lust, Romantic Attraction, and Attachment) and their unique brain pathways and neurochemistry. She will. also show how love is highly effective at reducing stress and enhancing overall health and survival. Last, these concepts will be discussed in a closing discussion about the differences between the brains of men and women in love and how being in love may result in neurogenesis, or the birth of new neurons.

Sarah Strand earned a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She has conducted behavioral, physiological, and neuroscience research since 1999. Her current work includes lecturing in Psychology at California State University in Sacramento. She teaches statistics and methods courses in Psychology to graduate and undergraduate students and teaches Introductory Psychology and upper-division undergraduate courses. Examples include Learning Theories, Animal Behavior, Sensation and Perception, and History and Systems of Psychology. Sarah also speaks to area secular groups on topics related to the neurobiology of religion.

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